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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Women in Scripture
Module Code TP118
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Miriam Jane De Cock
Semester 2: Miriam Jane De Cock
Autumn: Miriam Jane De Cock
Module TeachersMiriam Jane De Cock
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module explores the theme 'Women in Scripture' from two key perspectives (1) Women in the Bible - how are women portrayed in biblical texts? (2) The question of interpretation - how have these stories been presented? Participants will be invited to profile a number of women in both Hebrew and Chrsitian Scriptures and to consider how these women have been represented in the biblical text and the lectionary as well as in art, literature, music and film.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of key themes in the study of women in Scripture.
2. Profile a number of significant women in Scripture and investigate how these women have been presented in literature and art.
3. Apply feminist hermeneutical principles to selected texts.
4. Articulate a response to the themes raised in the module and present this to the other participants.
5. Offer critical interpretations, to weigh the interpretations of colleagues, and to consider how those interpretations relate to each other.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introducing Feminist hermeneutics

The women of the Hebrew Scriptures

Women in the Gospels

The women of the early Christian communities

Women in the Lectionary

Biblical women in Art and Literature

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectThe title of this project will be agreed upon between lecturer and student100%Sem 1 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Clifford, Anne: 2001, Introducing Feminist Theology, Orbis, Maryknoll, NY,
  • Getty-Sullivan, Mary Ann: 2001, Women in the New Testament, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN,
  • Newsom, Carol A., and Ringe, Sharon H.: 1992, The Women’s Bible Commentary, Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville,
  • Nowell, Irene: 1997, Women in the Old Testament, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN,
  • Brown, Raymond E, Fitzmyer, Joseph A., Murphy, Roland E.: 1990, The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, Geoffrey Chapman, London,
  • Fiorenza, Elizabeth Schussler: 1984, In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins, SCM Press, London,
  • Fiorenza, Elizabeth Schussler (ed.): 1992, Searching the Scriptures – A Feminist Commentary Vols.l I and II, Crossroad, New York,
  • Loades, Ann, and Karen Armstrong: 1990, Feminist Theology: A Reader, SPCK, London,
  • Malone, M.: 2000, Women and Christianity, Vol 1, Columba Press, Dublin,
  • Soelle, Dorothee, and Kirchberger, Joe H.: 2006, Great Women of the Bible in Art and Literature, Fortress Press, Minneapolis,
  • Trible, Phyllis: 1984, Texts of Terror, Fortress Press, Minneapolis,
  • Trible, Phyllis: 1978, God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality, Fortress Press, Philadelphia,
  • Watson, Natalie K.: 2003, Feminist Theology, W.B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mich,
  • Yarbro Collins, Adela: 1985, Feminist Perspectives on Biblical Scholarship, Scholars Press, Chico, CA,
Other Resources

62064, Website, Trible, Phyllis, 0, ‘Feminist Hermeneutics and Biblical Studies’, http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=1281, 62065, Website, Kee, Howard Clark, 0, The changing Role of Women in the early Christian world, http://theologytoday.ptsem.edu/jul1992/v49-2-article7.htm, 62066, Website, Kopas, Jane, 0, Jesus and Women in Matthew, http://theologytoday.ptsem.edu/apr1990/v47-1-article2.htm, 62067, Website, Fox, Ruth, 0, Women in the Bible and the Lectionary, http://www.cta-usa.org/reprint6-96/fox.html, 62068, Website, Cady Stanton, Elizabeth, 0, The Woman's Bible, http://www.sacred-texts.com/wmn/wb/,
Programme or List of Programmes
BATLEBA in Theology and Lifelong Education

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